By Martha Tattersall
You won't see many landscapes on Earth quite like Mungo National Park. A chain of dried-up lake beds and sand dunes make up this archaeological wonderland, an isolated, lunar landscape rich in natural beauty. It was here that the remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, said to be roughly 40,000 years old, were discovered, preserved by low humidity and carbonite present in the sand. Tour the park with an Aboriginal guide and see where ancient burial sites, fireplaces, stone tools and fish bones continue to be discovered, offering a precious window into Australia’s past.
HOW TO GET THERE
You will need your own vehicle to explore Mungo National Park, or you can book an organised tour. Located in the far southwestern pocket of New South Wales, Mungo National Park can be accessed by car from Wentworth, Mildura, Balranald and Broken Hill. There are airports at Mildura and Broken Hill, with daily flights from most capital cities.
- Enjoy sunset at the historic Aboriginal site, the Walls of China
- See where burial sites and fireplaces have stood for more than 40,000 years
- Retreat to a comfy bed and relax under the stars by the campfire at Mungo Lodge